10 September 1997
EC cracks down on Iranian pistachios

The European Commission banned imports of Iranian pistachio nuts until December 1. Inspectors discovered batches with aflatoxin B1 which can cause cancer. Humid storage conditions are thought to be to blame.

The Commission and the Iranian authorities will attempt to resolve the problem over the next three months. The European Union imported $14m of the nuts from Iran last year.

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